Category Archives: be present

How To Be Real: You don’t have to settle in Cynicsville

Imagine, if you will, two towns:  Cynicsville and Pollyannatown.  Two towns beset by troubles large and small.   And yet the residents of these towns look at their troubles in decidedly different ways. The residents of Cynicsville feel they’ve seen … Continue reading

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How To Be Lazy: Put “Do Nothing” on your to-do list

I have a hard time sitting down.  I think it’s genetic.  Really. James and I always chuckle when we remember a time when my mother had suffered a back injury (no, the injury was not the least bit funny, just … Continue reading

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How To Be Understanding: Worry wants to be your friend, it just doesn’t know how!

I come from a long line of worriers.  Worrying in my family was a way of showing you care.  If you love someone, you naturally worry about them.  You want the best life for them, so you try to prevent … Continue reading

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How To Be Content: Be happy just where you are!

I think we must live in the bed and breakfast capitol of the world. Honestly, though I can’t verify it, I believe there are more bed and breakfasts per capita in our city than any other in the country.  Or … Continue reading

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How To Be Loving: Treat everything you touch as you would a beloved child

  The other day I was telling my teenage daughter how odd it is (if you think about it — which I do) that if you are having trouble with some object — let’s say a cell phone that loses … Continue reading

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How To Be Friendly: Being buddies with your dust bunnies!

Problems stink, right? They make us frustrated.  They make us angry.  They drive us to distraction.  So it’s natural to think of them as our adversaries.  But why is that?  Why do we take our problems and personify them?  Well, … Continue reading

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How To Be Aware: Know that All Moments Matter

All moments matter. Perhaps you believe that there are two types of moments:  Ordinary moments and extraordinary moments; moments that are to be treasured and moments that might as well be pitched in the trash. But all of our “ordinary … Continue reading

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How to Be Amazed: Seeing the wonder in small things

Wonder is all around us.  When we were children, we saw it everywhere we looked.  Everything was new, fresh, amazing. We grabbed the closest adult to show them these small miracles we saw in the world, from the brilliant yellow … Continue reading

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